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we are glad you are joining us at 5:00 on this wednesday morning, i am alison starling. . >> i am pamela brown. we begin with traffic and weather. first, a meteorologist at caskey. >> today will be a lot like the past couple days, high pressure system in place. sunny and hot, but not oppressively humid. hurricane earl is a category 3, downgraded. it will have little to no impact on our local weather this friday and into the weekend. on the beaches there could be some impact mainly with the higher service and dangerous wind conditions. first, a lot of sunshine today, 95 degrees. starting out in the '60s in the suburbs, 76 downtown. >>> we are in great shape. 95 in and of baltimore, construction should be gone on the beltway, 66. noel loureece on 66 outside the beltway. heading south to richmond between fredericksburg and richmond after the thornburgh exit, yesterday's bill was an accident with a truck that went off the road. it was loaded with tyres and the tires caught on fire. there brushfires and the right lane is still blocked. back to you. >> thank you. >>> our top story this
of using his authority to coerce two young men into having sex. the young men claim they were then given lavish trips, cars and even cash. they are now suing long, who is pastor of one of the nation's biggest baptist churches. >>> a man from western new york is on his way back to north carolina, charged with killing a police chief's daughter. michael harvey appeared before a judge in new york yesterday. harry very reportedly told police valerie hamilton died after an accidental overdose of heroin. at a church in her hometown outside charlotte. >>> eight city officials from bell, california, are due in court this morning on corruption charges. they're accused of paying themselves huge salaries in a scandal that triggered outrange far beyond california. here now is mike von fremd. >> reporter: a rauk does crowd gathered outside city hall as word spread that officials were being rounded up and arrested. one even had his door broken down by a police battering ram. >> they used the tax dollars collected from the hard-working citizens of bell as their own piggy bank, which they then looted at
presence here today reminds us of our common christian heritage and of the christian contribution to the encouragement of world peace and to the economic and social development of the less prosperous countries of the world. >> reporter: the leader of the catholic church made this poignant message. >> let us never forget how the exclusion of god, religion, and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society. >> reporter: with thousands of well wishers waiting to catch a glimpse of pope benedict xvi the pope joined a parade on saint minian's day. but behind the pomp and pageant raye lurks controversy. the abuse by priests. the pope admitted the catholic church hasn't reacted decisively or quickly enough to take decisive actions. he says the church's top priority now is to help the victims heal. and the pope will get a chance to meet with around ten victims of sexual abuse here in england, most likely on saturday. rob? vinita? >> thanks to lama hasan live in london. >>> well, for one scottish catholic the pope's visit was a dream come true. susan
of transportation calls it a distracted driving epidemic. >> everybody thinks they can use their cell phone and drive and drive safely, and you can't. >> reporter: new government numbers show distracted driving last year killed nearly 5,500 people. and injured nearly 500,000. the grim toll despite hard-hitting public service announcements. tough new state laws. what will it take to make a dent? russell and kimberly hurd have been asking that since their daughter heather died while driving to meet her wedding planner. >> we were very, very angry. we could not believe our daughter could be taken from us by somebody who was texting. >> reporter: they say what's needed is a change in attitude. >> we want you to turn the cell phone off. we're living proof that in three or four seconds, your entire life can change. and certainly we'll never be the same again. >> reporter: the hurds say distracted driving must become as unacceptable as drunk driving. they have also pushed for tough laws, bans on texting and cell phones while driving. but they say ultimately, they hope stories like theirs will caus
. censored. it appears where "adult services" used to be. at first glance it seems their virtual red light district disappeared into cyberspace. but after a simple point and click on the site we found adult services still on craigslist, in plain sight, under a different category. casual encounters. craigslist contended all along taking down the adult services section would only drive sex ads to other parts of the site. that's what happened. we found several ads like this one, seeking young beautiful ladies, give us a call, pay to play. this certainly isn't what the group of attorneys general had in mind when they wrote a joint letter to craigslist last month calling for the section to be removed. >> if it does migrate to another part of craigslist, then this will be another battle that we have to fight in this war. >> reporter: last month, this young woman talked to abc's david wright. >> i was sold for sex by the hour at truck stops and cheap motels. >> reporter: she said pimps use craigslist to sell her for sex. >> the "world news" story actually helped because it built a public sympathy
of thousands of new jobs, too. jobs that america could really use right now. for american jobs, tell your senators to pass a renewable electricity standard today. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> only about 6:10 this wednesday morning. cumberland, 50 degrees, or fishing. cooler than yesterday. 52 degrees and warrenton. 55 in fredericksburg. in some locations we are 10 degrees cooler now than yesterday at this time. attorneys vowel, west virginia, 51. -- keyneysville. 82 degrees for the high temperature this afternoon. no big swings in the temperature expected anytime soon. 85 tomorrow with a slight chance of showers tomorrow evening and tomorrow night. >> traffic is slowing down in virginia along 66 eastbound into manassas. 28 centreville. 50 to 123. nville rd.the garrison vow the baltimore washington parkway is quiet. 270 southbound approaching 109. quiet crowd on route 4 and route 5 in maryland. looks good on route for ander route 5. 270 approaching 109 on the screen. back to you. >> thank you. >>> heisman trophy winner reggie bush is forfeiting his a
, we'll find it. when they delivered mom's power chair, i expected they'd show her how to use it once or twice. that man stayed for hours! whatever it takes, as long as it takes. that's our guarantee. why do we go to < uch great lengths? because making you mobile is our mission. we'llwork wit your doctor. we'll work with medicare and lçur private insurance. we'll even service your scooter anywhere in the country. call the sco÷"er store today. >>> welcome back, everybody. former british prime minister tony blair attended wednesday's mideast peace talks. and while in washington he spoke with "this week" anchor christiane amanpour. >> the two talked about the prospects in the middle east, george w. bush, and even princess diana. >> reporter: the interview coincides with the release of his memoir, "a journey." tony blair explained that he sees the key to breaking the impasse in the middle east. you say the biggest problem with the middle east peace process is that no one has ever gripped it long enough or firmly enough. the gripping is intermittent and intermittent won't do, it doesn't
, the long road home. as president obama said last night, the u.s. combat mission in iraq has come to an end. >> when our brave fighting men and women arrive back home there will be many smiling faces waiting for them. >> reporter: surprised faces overflowing with tears and love. for everyone, long journey ended. stru hugs so tight they seem to squeeze the months of worry away. there's the 10-year-old who made brave video diaries. >> master sergeant joe meyers is in iraq right now. >> not knowing, later at school -- >> there's my daughter. >> hey, baby. come here. >> daddy! >> reporter: in another classroom, a navy s.e.a.l., senior chief terry doss, appearing in daughter terian's third grade. waiti ining one year for daddy come home. >> reporter: and in san antonio, texas, another surprise. little taylor rias can't believe her eyes. >> i was thinking it was something different but it was my daddy. >> reporter: eight months without him, an eternity for a 5-year-old. >> it's a real joy to see her run to me like that. i'm not going to cry. >> reporter: when you're finally together, feeling too
center is open as the delmarva peninsula braces for the arrival. >> we want people to use common sense and be safe. there will be sunshine in ocean city tomorrow. >> the son is not shining yet, but the waves are pounding the maryland coast. they have been pretty big. the rip currents are dangerous enough that surfing is not allowed today and swimming could likely be restricted this weekend. the story really is the wind is picking up. we have seen some rain. the waves are impressive as hurricane earl is making its way up the eastern seaboard. reporting from ocean city, chris van cleve. >> thank you. >>> montgomery county pope urban search and rescue team will help parts of massachusetts deal with it. the team left late last night, activated by the federal emergency management association. team members are trained at rescuing victims trapped. >> new york and new england are getting ready for whatever the storm brings. it is still lashing n.c. with winds and rain. family schmidt has the latest. >> this is as it began to move past atlantic beach, n.c. last night, bus in the outer banks as
they'd show her how to use it once or twice. that man stayed for hours! whatever it takes, as long as it takes. that's our guarantee. why do we go to < uch great lengths? because making you mobile is our mission. we'llwork wit your doctor. we'll work with medicare and lçur private insurance. we'll even service your scooter anywhere in the country. call the sco÷"er store today. >>> tropical storm hermine has left its mark on texas after making landfall. flood overran parts of dallas with water featuring five feet in areas. >> small tornados were spotted leaving at least one person injured. here now is "american landscape" coverage from wfaa in dallas. >> reporter: a tornado on the ground in downtown dallas. warning sirens. a sight not seen in years. >> whoa, there we go, transformer fire right there. >> reporter: we watched as multiple funnel clouds touched down in north texas. >> i heard that train sound. it's a roar. and i was running, hoping that it wouldn't catch me and pick me up. >> reporter: but before the storm, and before the twisters -- >> up to here, to my knees, i gues
call for secretary clinton. despite all the current fixation over israeli settlements, the u.s. side is saying the talks remain positive and that all the big issues are being discussed. but are not telling us how much sprg being made. vinita? >> we continue to hope for some resolution. simon mcgregor wood in jerusalem, thank you. >>> also from the middle east, american hiker sarah shourd is in oman this morning after her release from that prison in iran. shourd was met by her mother and american diplomats as she stepped off the plane. now the state department is challenging iran to release the two remaining hikers, josh fattal and shane bauer. >>> the u.s. troop surge in afghanistan has now reached its peak. some of those troops are supposed to come home next summer. but is that realistic? martha raddatz visited the top u.s. commander in afghanistan in an abc news exclusive. >> reporter: general david petraeus has visited dozens of combat outposts in his two-plus months here. >> are you interdicting with ground forces? >> reporter: every visit confirms how tough it is to make progres
a month. >> you have to leave early enough and be patient and watch what is going on around us. >> some of the construction projects mean new traffic patterns, which might mean closings this morning. you might want to build extra time into your commute. courtney robinson reporting for abc 7 news. >>> 5 metrobus 9 stations that are closed labor day weekend are open again. the five were shut down on friday. crews perform safety of grades. the stations will reopen this morning in time for the rush hour. >>> our other top story this morning, summer vacation is officially over for hundreds of thousands of students in northern virginia. >> arlington, fairfax, loudoun county and others back in session this morning. this year, classrooms are hoping the effects of big budget cuts -- are coping with. >> doing more with less in northern virginia because a moment is higher and funding is down across the board compared with the last couple years. in fairfax county, 175 dozen students will flood the school system today. if that is 3200 more students than last year. a reason for the enrollment increas
in adams morgan. sources tell us that the officer involved was an experienced dog handler. he saw two dogs fighting and tried to separate them. if the officer shot the dog after it charged the crowd. >> i heard a pop when i was walking up the street. i was hoping it was a firecracker or something not serious, but it ended up being more serious. >> police will review the shooting incident. >>> investigators are searching for the person or people who fired at two homes of two police officers in calvert county. a maryland state troopers house was shot dead friday night. saturday morning someone fired into a st. mary's county deputies house and vehicle. >>> we have a traffic alert for commuters driving northbound on the 14th street bridge. there's a new traffic pattern that took effect an hour ago. the left shoulder is closed for the entire lentz of the 14th street bridge. all four lanes are being routed to the right of construction. the left exit lane, memorial bridge, allows drivers to exit before the work zone. >>> congress gets back to work after an august recess and taxes are expected to
. republicans need to pick up 39 seats to take back control of the house. if they do that and use this agenda as their governing map, the result could be two years of partisan gridlock. democrats showed no indication of cooperating on this gop to-do list and the white house dismissed it as more of the same failed policies. >> if it sounds familiar, it's because it's the same litany or catalog of failed policies that got us into this mess. >> reporter: standing in a suburban hardware store without jackets and ties the republican leaders said they are tuned in to the concerns of voters. >> there is nothing more inspiring than the common voice of the common man. >> reporter: republicans hope that message reaches the tea party activists who have shown so much strength at the grassroots level and just might be the key to a republican takeover. >>> georgia's senator saxby chambliss now admits a derogatory slur left on an internet discussion over gay rights apparently came from his office. the comment was posted on a blog discussing gay rights by a user identified as jimmy. the blog's readers were a
family. >> courtney robinson live in northwest. keep us posted. >>> following a developing story this morning about a violent crime in the district that has left one man dead and two others wounded. three separate shootings in the district. at 8:00 last night a man was killed at 7 avenue near ninth street se. two shootings left two men wounded. no arrests. >>> police are investigating a murder mystery at the greenbelt apartment complex. neighbors found the woman's body yesterday afternoon of outside her apartment on greenbelt road. the woman was assaulted and left to die on the stairwell. the neighbors knew the woman as jackie. they don't allow motives and robbery does not appear to be the motive. -- they don't know a motive. >>> vincent gray and schools chancellor michelle rhee will sit down tomorrow at the wilson building. during the primary, vincent gray kept quiet on whether he would keep michelle rhee in her post. >>> a major setback for efforts to end the military posts in "don't ask, don't tell" policy. >> yeas are 56, the nays are 43. the motion is not agreed to. >> senat
. >>> there was a setback in efforts to free 33 miners in chile. one of the hammers on a drill used in the rescue mission became detached yesterday. the crews were drilling through rock when it happened. the drill was repaired and work continued. rescued in early november, six weeks sooner than first expected. >>> one lawmaker on capitol hill says hearings on a salmonella outbreak revealed a disturbing picture of egg production here in america. >> and the owner of an iowa egg farm did apologize to people who got sick from salmonella. t.j. winick has details. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. lawmakers in washington got few answers on wednesday. the owner of one farm refused to testify. another blamed an ingredient bought from a supplier for the outbreak. eggs from two iowa farms were linked to a massive salmonella outbreak this past summer. as many as 1,600 americans were sickened. 30-year-old sarah lewis. >> they thought they were going to have to do emergency bowel surgery. >> reporter: and 77-year-old carol lobato. >> my doctors told me that i almost certainly would have died without aggressi
in the u.s. but is still expected to make 30 million bucks in this country alone. >> you have to also wonder there has been a ban in europe. they've already halted, you know, in terms of giving it to patients. you have to wonder if that affected some of the revenue because in europe they're saying it's not a good idea. >>> >>> ford has unveiled its newest air bag that is designed to reduce injuries caused by their deployment. the air bags are located in the steering wheel. they promise to reduce injuries like broken ribs. they're designed to pull away from the driver's chest while protecting both the head and the neck. the air bag will be featured in the new ford focus, which goes on sale early next week. >>> while saving many lives in accidents, of course air bags have had a long history of causing injuries. >> one concern in the past was the connection between air bags and children. for more now we go into the abc news vault from september the 6th, 1996. >> reporter: they are comforting images of safety in action. in slow motion pictures of crash tests the air bags appear to gently
ashley from kgo in san francisco. >> if you are just joining us live, you are joining our continuing coverage. i'm carolyn johnson with dan ashley. we've been covering this explosion in san bruno. since it happened just after 6:15 this evening. and here you see on the scene what it's been like for firefighters, for neighborhoods, for people in this area. it's just a massive ball of fire has impacted their neighborhood. >> and the heat. everyone talks about the heat that literally forced the flames forward and caught other structures on fire. this is if you look right behind you as we pan out. there you can see the main on fire right behind that house. one of theÑi first houses to go. and the photographer who shot this said by the time he left, that house you are looking at was completely gone. the pink house next to it was already burning and mostly gone. >> here's another vantage point from sky 7 hd. you can see this massive fireball in this neighborhood. this main that blew up was at glenview and earl and these are the surrounding homes. what's left of them. and this was just abou
spending and unsustainable. you might be wondering after all this back and forth just where it leaves us. basically, it leaves us where we were a week ago, headed for a standoff with the taxes of all wage earners scheduled to go up on january 1st. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. >>> federal public health experts are now concerned about a gene that turns varieties of bacteria into those stubborn superbugs. according to the centers for disease control, superbugs infected patients in three states, california, massachusetts, and illinois. doctors say the bacteria is resistant to antibiotics. all of the patients had recently been in india, where the superbug is believed to be rampant. >>> hurricane igor is getting bigger by the day, now spanning more than 1,000 miles. nasa satellite pictures showing aor's size. the winds dipped slightly overnight to 140 miles an hour, but it is on the verge of becoming a category 5 storm. the hurricane could threaten bermuda over the weekend and stir up rough surf all along the east coast. >> just stay away from land. >>> here's a look now at your wea
asked the type of specific work they were doing. they weren't able to confirm for us what exactly the responsibilities there junior there were initial reports of a mile-long oil sheen spotted near the blast site. the coast guard knocked down those reports. >> coast guard helicopters on-scene and vessels on-scene have no reports of a visible sheen in the water. >> reporter: experts say this explosion is nowhere near as serious as last april's explosion at the deepwater horizon site. >> we obviously have response assets ready for deployment should we receive reports of pollution in the water. >> reporter: congress isn't wasting any time with another oil platform explosion. some house democrats are already demanding answers. the house energy and commerce committee is asking scott josie, president and ceo of mariner energy, for a briefing on the incident. for abc news, eric barajas, louisiana. >>> meanwhile, at the site of the bp oil well, engineers there have removed a temporary cap that last month stopped all that gushing oil. no additional oil has seeped into the water because the
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